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Crime_Metro

County preps for increased jail costs

ESCANABA — Delta County’s 2017-18 fiscal year will begin Oct. 1. In preparation, Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman gave a presentation on the county’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year to members of the Delta County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting ...

Clausen

Man gets prison for cocaine

ESCANABA — A 25-year-old Bark River man was ordered to serve a minimum of three years in prison for selling cocaine during his sentencing in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Earlier this summer, Cody Edwin Clausen pleaded guilty to one count of controlled substance - ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
Jace Moker stands with his grand champion steer “King” after being given the title at the beef cattle junior show Tuesday at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba.

Grand champion steer chosen at U.P State Fair

ESCANABA — The grand and reserve champion steers were selected Tuesday during the Beef Cattle Junior Show at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba. The grand champion is owned by Jace Moker of Wallace. Collin Carlson, of Norway, raised the reserve champion. Lead judge Cory Edge of ...

Crime_Metro

Man charged with arson for church fire

ESCANABA — A Gladstone male arrested in connection with a fire and vandalism at an Escanaba church that was broken into Monday evening was officially charged in Delta County District Court Tuesday. Thomas Andrew Harris, 19, of 901 Minnesota Ave., Gladstone, was charged with the following ...

Court_Metro

Rapid River man not guilty of child abuse

ESCANABA — A Rapid River man was found not guilty of child abuse following a two-day jury trial in Delta County Circuit Court last week. Joseph Brian Thibault, 45, of Rapid River, was bound over from district court to circuit court in 2016 on one count of third-degree child abuse, a ...

Water

Name of boating ­accident victim released

MUNISING (AP) — Authorities say a man who died in a boating accident on the waters of Lake Superior was a 59-year-old from suburban Detroit. Michigan State Police say the Alger County Dive Team located the body of Robert Louis of Lake Orion on Monday near the site of the accident near Au ...

Delia

Former Escanaba Public Safety K9 officer dies

ESCANABA — A German shepard named Delila — a former K9 officer at Escanaba Public Safety — recently died, according to the local police department. Delila began working at Escanaba Public Safety in 2010 with the hiring of Public Safety Officer Gary Sovey, the K9’s handler. Delia ...

Ballot_Metro

DDA question will not be on ballot

GLADSTONE — Gladstone residents will not see a question to abolish the city’s Downtown Development Authority on the Nov. 7 ballot despite the efforts of former city commissioner and current commission candidate Mike O’Connor. On July 31, O’Connor submitted a ballot initiative petition ...

PoliceBadge_Metro

Arrest made after fire at local church

ESCANABA — A 19-year-old Gladstone male was arrested Monday in connection with a fire at an Escanaba church which was also broken into and vandalized inside, according to Escanaba Public Safety. Firefighters responded to the 7:07 p.m. fire alarm at Harbor Lights Church of God, located at ...

Remote_Metro

City OKs cable TV fee

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission voted Monday to renew a fee for cable television subscribers within the city and discussed ways to make videos of city commission meetings available to residents without the creation of an expensive dedicated cable channel. By federal and state law, ...

Crime_Metro

Bids awarded for jail project

ESCANABA — Ten contracts for a project that will create a new correctional facility at the Delta County Service Center have been officially awarded, the county announced Monday. The contracts included in Bid Package No. 1, which are worth a combined total of $7,362,733, were awarded to eight ...

Sports_Metro

Locker room clean up continues

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board heard an update on the progress of the mold clean-up at the locker room facility known as the “Igloo” at the high school football field Monday during a committee of the whole meeting. Superintendent Coby Fletcher provided the update on mold ...

Gas Pump_Metro

Statewide average gas prices rise 7 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 7 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.49 per gallon. That's about 23 cents more than at the ...

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Under pressure, Trump denounces hate groups by name

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from right and left, President Donald Trump condemned white supremacist groups by name on Monday, declaring “racism is evil” after two days of public equivocation and internal White House debate over the deadly race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
People line the midway during Preview Night at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba Monday evening. Gates opened at 5 p.m. and offered fairgoers  a reduced admission rate for the first day of the week-long event. Along with reduced rates, Preview Night gave fairgoers a glimpse into the food, vendors, rides, games, live animal displays, and other activities that will continue throughout the fair.

At The Fair

Today All day, every day free midway performances 906 Got Talent, featuring local and regional acts, 7 p.m. in the grandstand Wednesday Senior Citizen’s Day, reduced admission for persons age 60 and older Wellness clinic and presentations in the activities tent Wellness ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
Elin Culbertson holds two rocks she found while exploring in Escanaba as part of the Rock Delta County frenzy.

Spreading joy… one rock at a time

ESCANABA — The founding of a recent Facebook group, Rock Delta County, has spurred a rock hunting frenzy locally. Residents and visitors have been finding and re-hiding decorated rocks that have been painted with positive messages and other designs throughout the summer. According to the ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Escanaba’s new city manager, Patrick Jordan, sits alongside council member Michael Sattem, at left, and Mayor Mark Tall, at right, during council’s regular meeting at city hall Aug. 3. Jordan, who has been on the job for five weeks, says he is growing to love the city as he learns more about the people and the places.

City manager getting to know Esky

ESCANABA — Escanaba’s new city manager has been learning a lot about the city’s operations as well as the community since he started working here last month. “I love it here,” said Patrick Jordan when questioned by the Daily Press about how things are going since he took over for Jim ...

At The Fair

Today Preview Night - reduced admission fee, gates open at 5 p.m. Fairgoers will get a glimpse of what’s to come over the course of the fair, which hosts rides, games, food vendors, live animal displays, and more along the midway. Tuesday All day, every day free midway ...